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Title:
Tagging the moon : fairy tales from L.A.
Author:
Somtow, S. P.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco, CA : Night Shade Books, 2000.
Physical Description:
277 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Language:
English
Contents:
Gingerbread -- The ugliest duckling -- A thief in the night -- The hero's celluloid journey -- Dr. Rumpole -- The sleeping ice princess -- Though I walk through the valley -- Mr. Death's blue-eyed boy -- A hummingbird among angels -- Tagging the moon -- The other City of Angels.
ISBN:
9781892389053

9781892389060
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Book

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Summary

S.P. Somtow's L.A. Fairy Tales, collected together for the first time in this new edition. Somtow puts a new spin on some classic themes in this volume of 10 short stories set in the back alleys of downtown L.A. A must-have for the modern horror reader and collector. Contents: * Gingerbread * A Thief in the Night * The Hero's Celluloid Journey * Dr. Rumpole * The Sleeping Ice Princess * Though I Walk Through the Valley * Mr. Death's Blue-eyed Boy * A Hummingbird Among Angels * Tagging the Moon * The Other City of Angels: A Pictorial


Summary

S.P. Somtow's L.A. Fairy Tales, collected together for the first time in this new edition. Somtow puts a new spin on some classic themes in this volume of 10 short stories set in the back alleys of downtown L.A. A must-have for the modern horror reader and collector.

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Author Notes

S. P. Somtow is a composer, film director, and author of over forty books His prolific output spans the genres of horror, science-fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and children's literature. His work has won or been nominated for dozens of major awards, including the John W. Campbell Award, the Locus, the Bram Stoker, the Hugo, and the World Fantasy Award He has written and directed two feature films -- The Laughing Dead and Ill met at Moonlight -- and will soon direct Timetwist from his own script. His epic ballet, Kaki, premiered as a Royal Command performance in Bangkok and he recently conducted the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Somtow -- otherwise known as the Secret Godfather of the New Age -- currently lurks somewhere in the bowels of Los Angeles


S. P. Somtow is a composer, film director, and author of over forty books His prolific output spans the genres of horror, science-fiction, fantasy, historical fiction, and children's literature. His work has won or been nominated for dozens of major awards, including the John W. Campbell Award, the Locus, the Bram Stoker, the Hugo, and the World Fantasy Award He has written and directed two feature films -- The Laughing Dead and Ill met at Moonlight -- and will soon direct Timetwist from his own script. His epic ballet, Kaki, premiered as a Royal Command performance in Bangkok and he recently conducted the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra. Somtow -- otherwise known as the Secret Godfather of the New Age -- currently lurks somewhere in the bowels of Los Angeles


Reviews 4

Publisher's Weekly Review

Aka The Terrifying Thai, Somtow has published some 40 horror and fantasy books, including 1998's Bram Stoker-nominated Darker Angel. He sets this collection of 10 stories in the surreal urban nightmare of Los Angeles; most are retellings of children's lore and religious mythology. "Gingerbread" is a horrific version of Hansel and Gretel where the witch, a chameleon-like fortune-teller who pimps two homeless children, dies in her own oven. In "Dr. Rumpole," the most imaginative and least violent of these tales, a hack screenwriter outwits a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin. The screenwriter could be talking about all the stories here when he theorizes that "Dr. Rumpole is an archetypal construct, brought to life by the frenzied collective agony of Hollywood screenwriters... when reality fails you, fairy tale kind of takes over." "The Ugliest Duckling" is a creepy tale of vampirism, while "A Thief in the Night" explores the continuing battle between Jesus and the Antichrist, from the latter's point of view. The title story deals with graffiti artists and centers on ill-fated, teenage street kid Bobby Donahue, whose fondest wish is to tag the moon. Thanks to a couple of possibly menacing, possibly imaginary aliens, he may have achieved his wish. Collectively, these stories portray ghostly/ghastly bottom-of-the-barrel L.A. losers in a mostly sympathetic light. One can smell the smog and hear the grinding gears of the city's traffic. Bangkok-born Somtow is also a composer and photographer, and several pages of his photos of his adopted city appear at the end of the book, for the edification, he says, of readers in Bangkok, which is also called City of angels. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Aka The Terrifying Thai, Somtow has published some 40 horror and fantasy books, including 1998's Bram Stoker-nominated Darker Angel. He sets this collection of 10 stories in the surreal urban nightmare of Los Angeles; most are retellings of children's lore and religious mythology. "Gingerbread" is a horrific version of Hansel and Gretel where the witch, a chameleon-like fortune-teller who pimps two homeless children, dies in her own oven. In "Dr. Rumpole," the most imaginative and least violent of these tales, a hack screenwriter outwits a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin. The screenwriter could be talking about all the stories here when he theorizes that "Dr. Rumpole is an archetypal construct, brought to life by the frenzied collective agony of Hollywood screenwriters... when reality fails you, fairy tale kind of takes over." "The Ugliest Duckling" is a creepy tale of vampirism, while "A Thief in the Night" explores the continuing battle between Jesus and the Antichrist, from the latter's point of view. The title story deals with graffiti artists and centers on ill-fated, teenage street kid Bobby Donahue, whose fondest wish is to tag the moon. Thanks to a couple of possibly menacing, possibly imaginary aliens, he may have achieved his wish. Collectively, these stories portray ghostly/ghastly bottom-of-the-barrel L.A. losers in a mostly sympathetic light. One can smell the smog and hear the grinding gears of the city's traffic. Bangkok-born Somtow is also a composer and photographer, and several pages of his photos of his adopted city appear at the end of the book, for the edification, he says, of readers in Bangkok, which is also called City of angels. (July) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Publisher's Weekly Review

Aka The Terrifying Thai, Somtow has published some 40 horror and fantasy books, including 1998's Bram Stoker-nominated Darker Angel. He sets this collection of 10 stories in the surreal urban nightmare of Los Angeles; most are retellings of children's lore and religious mythology. "Gingerbread" is a horrific version of Hansel and Gretel where the witch, a chameleon-like fortune-teller who pimps two homeless children, dies in her own oven. In "Dr. Rumpole," the most imaginative and least violent of these tales, a hack screenwriter outwits a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin. The screenwriter could be talking about all the stories here when he theorizes that "Dr. Rumpole is an archetypal construct, brought to life by the frenzied collective agony of Hollywood screenwriters... when reality fails you, fairy tale kind of takes over." "The Ugliest Duckling" is a creepy tale of vampirism, while "A Thief in the Night" explores the continuing battle between Jesus and the Antichrist, from the latter's point of view. The title story deals with graffiti artists and centers on ill-fated, teenage street kid Bobby Donahue, whose fondest wish is to tag the moon. Thanks to a couple of possibly menacing, possibly imaginary aliens, he may have achieved his wish. Collectively, these stories portray ghostly/ghastly bottom-of-the-barrel L.A. losers in a mostly sympathetic light. One can smell the smog and hear the grinding gears of the city's traffic. Bangkok-born Somtow is also a composer and photographer, and several pages of his photos of his adopted city appear at the end of the book, for the edification, he says, of readers in Bangkok, which is also called City of angels. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


School Library Journal Review

Aka The Terrifying Thai, Somtow has published some 40 horror and fantasy books, including 1998's Bram Stoker-nominated Darker Angel. He sets this collection of 10 stories in the surreal urban nightmare of Los Angeles; most are retellings of children's lore and religious mythology. "Gingerbread" is a horrific version of Hansel and Gretel where the witch, a chameleon-like fortune-teller who pimps two homeless children, dies in her own oven. In "Dr. Rumpole," the most imaginative and least violent of these tales, a hack screenwriter outwits a modern-day Rumpelstiltskin. The screenwriter could be talking about all the stories here when he theorizes that "Dr. Rumpole is an archetypal construct, brought to life by the frenzied collective agony of Hollywood screenwriters... when reality fails you, fairy tale kind of takes over." "The Ugliest Duckling" is a creepy tale of vampirism, while "A Thief in the Night" explores the continuing battle between Jesus and the Antichrist, from the latter's point of view. The title story deals with graffiti artists and centers on ill-fated, teenage street kid Bobby Donahue, whose fondest wish is to tag the moon. Thanks to a couple of possibly menacing, possibly imaginary aliens, he may have achieved his wish. Collectively, these stories portray ghostly/ghastly bottom-of-the-barrel L.A. losers in a mostly sympathetic light. One can smell the smog and hear the grinding gears of the city's traffic. Bangkok-born Somtow is also a composer and photographer, and several pages of his photos of his adopted city appear at the end of the book, for the edification, he says, of readers in Bangkok, which is also called City of angels. (July) (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Gingerbreadp. 9
The Ugliest Ducklingp. 41
A Thief in the Nightp. 57
The Hero's Celluloid Journeyp. 75
Dr. Rumpolep. 111
The Sleeping Ice Princessp. 127
Though I Walk through the Valleyp. 145
Mr. Death's Blue-Eyed Boyp. 171
A Hummingbird among Angelsp. 197
Tagging the Moonp. 235
The Other City of Angelsp. 257
Gingerbreadp. 9
The Ugliest Ducklingp. 41
A Thief in the Nightp. 57
The Hero's Celluloid Journeyp. 75
Dr. Rumpolep. 111
The Sleeping Ice Princessp. 127
Though I Walk through the Valleyp. 145
Mr. Death's Blue-Eyed Boyp. 171
A Hummingbird among Angelsp. 197
Tagging the Moonp. 235
The Other City of Angelsp. 257

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